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By April 17, 2014 at 8:30 am

New methods of community taxi services and strides in technology, available in Phoenix and throughout the country, are redefining the typical taxi experience see more

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The 2014 Best of ASU Winners

By April 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

After gathering reader input and our writer’s knowledge, we compiled this list of the Best of ASU. Read on for the winners for all of the categories including Best Coffee, Best Splurge and Best Places to Take a Nap.     Best of Tempe:     University Drive and College Avenue 602-821-1610 Hours: Monday through […]

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First Date: Top 7 spots for the perfect college date

First date jitters and unsure of what to do? Take your date on a stroll across the lit bridge at Tempe Town Beach while soaking in the sunset. | Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

By April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

We SPM editors aren't serious daters or anything close to it, but as romantic quirky souls, we decided to put together a short list of the best places to have your first date across the Valley. see more

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Best Place to Grab Coffee: Blue House Coffee

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By April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s 7:30 a.m. and Sam Beger and Nick DiPastena have already wheeled to work, or rather, wheeled their work- a self-made bicycle cart, to the corner of College Avenue and University Drive. see more

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Best place to grab coffee: Liberty Market

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By April 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

As far as food is concerned, downtown Gilbert boasts some of the best and most memorable establishments in the East Valley. But none of these restaurants dominate the downtown scene as much as Liberty Market has over the past few years. see more

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Creeping 101: Light Rail people watching

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By April 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s plain to see that riding on the light rail is an experience in itself and ripe for people watching. see more

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TUF Talk: Best of Music Venues & Local Bands

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By April 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

Vice President of ASU's The Underground Foundation and history sophomore Jonathan Novak talks best of music venues across the Valley, and gives insight to the local bands every Sun Devil should experience. see more

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Best hidden treasure: Skyspace: Air Apparent

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By April 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

“Skyspace: Air Apparent” is an exploration of the phenomenon of light. It is Tempe’s best hidden treasure because its private location behind the Biodesign Institute attracts few visitors. see more

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How-To: Shop Retail & Get the Best Discounts

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By April 9, 2014 at 12:30 am

Scoring that discount at corporate-run retail shops can be difficult, but following these tips will make nearly every sales associate vouch for you. Now it's that much easier to exchange broken items and get the best deal on new ones. Try out these tips from a veteran retail worker and see the amazing results. see more

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Learning the inner workings of pop culture

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By March 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Need fun, easy electives for next year? Try pop culture! see more

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Expanding my love for film at the Sedona International Film Festival

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By March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The week of February 22 to March 2, filmmakers made Sedona their home as they shared their films at Sedona International Film Festival. All of us—the festival’s general audience, the press and the filmmakers—were here for a single purpose: a love for film. It's a love that seems even more special in a place with such unique energy. see more

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Seven Tips for Aspiring Filmmakers

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By March 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

  Graphic by Noemi Gonzalez This year, the Sedona International Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. I, along with three other ASU students, attended the festival as an intern on the social media team. As an aspiring filmmaker, my time at the festival allowed me to speak with notable directors, talent and other film enthusiasts, […]

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10 Signs You're Suffering From Senioritis

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By March 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

Spring break is over and graduation is just around the corner, but many of you seniors might be suffering from a disease called senioritis. In this video, SPM creates a list of 10 signs you’re suffering from senioritis. 10 Signs You’re Suffering From Senioritis from The State Press on Vimeo. | Edited by Noemi Gonzalez […]

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Coffee Conversations: Purpose, Reason And The Difference Between the Two

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By March 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

SPM Coffee Conversations Purpose vs. Reason from The State Press on Vimeo. | Edited by Noemi Gonzalez Is there a difference between purpose and reason? Are the two connected? In this SPM Coffee Conversations, the Sun Devils at the Polytechnic campus discuss their thoughts on the matter. Reach the producer while drinking your cup of […]

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Nominate Top Places for 'Best Of ASU' Issue

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By March 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

It’s that time of a year again when SPM prepares to print the ‘Best Of ASU’ issue. But we need your opinion in finding the best of the best for each of our categories, for each of ASU’s campus. Check out the categories and further instructions below! To nominate, email bestofasu@gmail.com as many times as […]

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Local musician Luna Aura aims to take Valley by storm with new EP

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By March 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

The First Amendment Forum at the Walter Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix is buzzing. Attendants of the event, Cronkite Coffee House, have pulled comfortable sitting chairs into intimate groups to play cards and other assorted games. While drinking coffee and eating cookies, people meander through the forum, browsing the art from local artists and listening […]

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Tricked Out Dorms: Cribs of ASU Boys

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By March 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

Kids, it’s time for the second episode of SPM Cribs, but this time it’s all about the guys. From Tempe to Downtown and all the way to West, these boys had dorms rad enough to make it on our top three list of pads. How does your room stack up?   Hey SPM, my name […]

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Cronkite Student now Harlem Globetrotters PR Coordinator

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By March 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Ruby Ramirez went from a waitress serving at Sam's Cafe to an intern with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters' public relations company. With hard work and determination, she impressed her boss and colleagues. After graduation, they hired her as a temporary employee with the potential of becomig a fulltime employee. see more

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How-To: Be "Successful" on Instagram

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By March 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

While Instagram has been crucial for sharing artsy pictures and providing a way for people to make their lives look as fantastic as possible, some users just take it too far. Here are some helpful tips to be the “best” Instagrammer you can be. see more

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Negative space: How art is reshaping Phoenix's vacant land

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By February 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

A group of artists and architects are reclaiming empty lots in downtown Phoenix with a project that converts shipping containers into works of public art. The problem they are trying to tackle in Phoenix is not that there is a lack of space, but that there is too much space. see more

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Laughing their way to the top: Barren Mind takes on nationals

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By February 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm

On March 1st, they’ll be on a stage in Chicago, competing with 11 other improv troupes at the College Improv Tournament. Whether they win or lose, Barren Mind will be able to come away from the tournament saying that they’re one of the top-twelve college improv troupes in the nation. see more

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Students develop the ultimate universal remote

Current ASU students based in DC have developed a universal remote, Loqui. Co-founder of the remote from left to right are Kimberley Heuser, Josh Heuser and Mikel Robinson. 
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By February 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

Josh Heuser, Kimberley Heuser and Mikel Robinson wanted to create voice recognition software to eliminate conventional remotes to stop the relentless search for clickers everywhere. After developing the technology further, they realized it also served other vital applications. see more

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Find a sea of treasures in Blue House Boutique

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By February 24, 2014 at 12:19 am

Rows of neutral painted houses line the streets. Each house blends in with the next, creating a sea of suburbia. But there in this sea, a lone blue house is an anomaly. It stands out. A vintage house painted a bright royal blue with a stark white picket fence lining the lawn beckons customers to […]

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SPM Acoustics: Black Bottom Lighters

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By February 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

SPM BBL Acoustics + Interview from The State Press on Vimeo. If there’s one thing you should know about the Glendale group Black Bottom Lighters, it’s that a lot of musicians play in the band — seven by last count — something that easily accounts for their growing crossover appeal and distinct sound. On one song, they […]

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Three totally tricked out dorm spaces

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By February 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

In this episode of SPM Cribs, SPM features freshman Claire Caulfield, Olivia Camarillo, Raven Stevens and Cherika Hammonds to show off their dorm rooms on various ASU campuses. see more

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A brewing business

Co-owners  and of Songbird Coffee and Tea House Jonathan and Erin Carroll stand before their espresso machine named after Jason Statham because of his hot and steamy attributes. The birdhouses hanging above were a gift given to the co-owners by Jonathan’s mom. 
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By February 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

Songbird Coffee and Tea House is defining a business built on customer satisfaction and a quirky 673 square feet of space. see more

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A library on the go

Elijah Allan, along with with Jasmine Clarke-Teifer and Alex Miller, were inspired
by food trucks and are now working towards developing “Bibliotrucka,” a mobile library concept.
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By February 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

Three ASU students envision a world where the library comes to you. BiblioTrucka is a project that is taking a food truck and filling it with books. see more

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One man's quest to change investigative journalism in Arizona

Cronkite alum Brandon Quester founded the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, an organization designed to hold the powerful accountable. 
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By February 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

Brandon Quester, an ASU alum, founded a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering investigative journalism in Arizona, the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. see more

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What are we doing with the leftovers?

With 40 percent of food in the US going to waste, Phoenix-local organization Flash Food is combating hunger through a mobile app. 
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By February 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

FlashFood, an app-based food recovery network, sustains the community by putting local restaurants' leftovers to good use. see more

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A lump of sugar to save the world

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By February 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

HydroGene Biotechnologies is testing it's sugar cube biosensors to go into application in developing nations, where death from water contamination is high. One of its student co-founders sat down to talk with SPM see more

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Stay thirsty, stay foolish

Co-founders of 24 Karat Nicholas Cowherd and Kegan Klein showcase a bottle of their champagne, which is designed with thin flakes of gold to provide a luxurious, fun drink.
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By February 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

After being inspired by the Mill Avenue nightlife, ASU entrepreneurs set out to pursue their business plan of making champagne even more glamourous than before. see more

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A handshake deal

On a cool Wednesday evening, light and groovy acoustic music drifts out onto Crescent Ballroom’s patio. 
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By February 10, 2014 at 8:30 am

Much like a rock ballad itself, Phoenix’s music scene ebbs and flows. Owner of Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom and Stateside Presents concert promoters, Levy is restoring life into an industry that seemed to have reached an indefinite ebb. see more

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A challenge for innovators at ASU

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By February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

The Innovation Challenge attracts students with many different types of endeavors, at all different stages of development. see more

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A Mindful Body

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By February 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the media affect our esteem and assurance, especially when it comes down to our birthday suits. Harangued by images of what defines femininity or masculinity to images that define sexy or beauty, body pride is something we want but is most often challenging to fulfill. In an effort […]

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My adventure to Poly

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By February 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I grew up not too far north of the campus, but never had I actually visited to see what it was like. I figured that now that I am an ASU student, it seemed fitting to explore the mysterious campus that was in my own backyard all along. see more

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Making a place for women in engineering

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By February 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

It is no secret that science and math fields are still dominated by men. ASU professors Veronica Santos, Jennifer Blain Christen and Aditi Chattopadhyay are part of a growing community of women engineers hoping to change this statistic. see more

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An artistic treasure hunt

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By February 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

Mesa painter James Hunt — more known by his moniker NXOEED — who hides his artwork that he doesn't claim himself is personalizing the experience between the artist and viewer see more

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SPM Coffee Conversations: Planting an Apple Tree

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By January 31, 2014 at 12:00 am

SPM Coffee Conversations: Planting an Apple Tree from The State Press on Vimeo. German monk Martin Luther once said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” State Press Magazine’s Coffee Conversation sits down with the students of the ASU downtown campus to discuss […]

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Local company connects volunteers with community projects

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By January 29, 2014 at 8:30 am

ASU alum Todd Byard is making a difference at HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a company dedicated to connecting local volunteers with those in need. see more

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How-To: Neglect your classwork, without really neglecting your classwork

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By January 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

A scientific look on how to continue to devote time to your social calendar and television shows, while neglecting school work — and vice versa. see more

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Caffeine culture: How three downtown coffee shops got their start

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By January 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

Three downtown coffee shop owners tell SPM the ins and outs of starting your own small business. see more

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A Path to Pixar

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By January 23, 2014 at 12:46 am

SPM Path to Pixar | Produced by Luu Nguyen | The State Press on Vimeo. Senior film student Joann Younan is a “third storyteller.” Third storytellers, she says, are film editors who come in during post-production and assemble the pieces of a story together that end up on the big screen. This past summer, she jumpstarted her […]

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How To: Actually afford your trip to Disneyland

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By January 22, 2014 at 10:21 am

Between balancing a close-to-minimum wage job, college payments, car insurance, etc., an escape to the "Happiest Place on Earth" often seems financially hindering. That didn’t stop me though – money (or the lack thereof) can’t quell this Disneyland addiction. see more

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'Cannabusiness' booms in Colorado

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By January 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

Writer Lauren Wong shares her experience of being front and center to see customer's reactions on the first day marijuana sales were legal in Colorado. see more

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And the Stories Go On

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By January 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

While fanfiction has always been a part of literature it is commonly known today as an element of internet subculture. see more

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Film alumnae entertain web with 'SpaceCatCasio'

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By January 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

After graduating from ASU's film school, two students took a comedy sketch they had worked on a students and turned it into a "Portlandia"-inspired web series, "SpaceCatCasio." see more

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A Romp in the Lake

A view of office spaces on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake.The lake, on varying occasions, is opened up for swimming.
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By December 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

It’s just after 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Tempe Beach Park. The sun’s barely up. I’m looking at Tempe Town Lake while more people arrive at the 2013 Ironman Arizona Mayor’s Media Challenge. I’m here representing The Arizona Republic and the charity Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue. The winner of this race, which […]

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The Secrets of Tempe Town Lake

Sign on the southeast bank of Tempe Town Lake. Says,”DANGER Steep banks and fast currents, Stay out of flood channel.”
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By December 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

The artificial lake near ASU has always been controversial. Some say it shouldn’t exist in the desert, others say it is an economic engine for Tempe. Swimming is prohibited, except during occasional sanctioned events. The water quality can be a problem. But despite all the controversy, the ASU alum who tests the lake every week […]

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The 'Fitspiration' Fad and its Following

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By December 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

A supposedly positive take on the concept of “thinspiration,” in which pictures of unhealthily skinny women are used as motivation to eat less and lose weight, fitspiration promotes clean eating and exercise as ways of establishing healthy lifestyles. Weight loss is not the ultimate goal; a total lifestyle change is. see more

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